Faculty Appointment and Advancement Policies
PCOM Faculty Policies on Qualifications, Appointment and Academic Rank
(excerpted from PCOM Faculty Handbook)
Faculty Members shall be the professionals of instruction, clinical practice, research
and administration in the basic or clinical sciences who have been appointed with
the rank of Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, Instructor or Clinical/Adjunct
Each professional rank may be qualified further by one or more of these designations:
Research, Visiting or Emeritus.
The President, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (SVPAA), Deans, Associate
Deans, Assistant Deans, Departmental Chairpersons and Divisional Chairpersons shall
be considered Faculty Members. Other administrators whose functions are in part academic
may be appointed to Faculty status by the SVPAA after consultation with the APT Committee
and subject to the approval of the President of PCOM and PCOM Board. Except as otherwise
noted herein, Faculty status shall be conferred only upon those individuals who meet
the academic criteria set forth herein. Evaluation of qualifications for Faculty status
and rank shall be a function of the APT Committee, which shall convey its recommendations
to the SVPAA through the Chairperson of the Faculty Senate.
Each Faculty Member shall be provided with a copy of the Handbook and the Bylaws at
the time of his/her appointment. Applicants shall also be provided with a copy of
the Handbook and the Bylaws, it being understood, however, that the Handbook and Bylaws
apply only to appointed Faculty Members. Decisions regarding appointment, reappointment,
promotion and tenure shall be made in accordance with the Handbook. The appointment/reappointment
between each Faculty Member and PCOM shall bind both parties to all policies, procedures
and responsibilities described in this Handbook and the Bylaws. Each Faculty Member
shall be assigned an appropriate appointment classification and academic rank as defined
in Article II. Section 5. Duties of Faculty Members.
Faculty Members shall fulfill the instructive, clinical, investigative, scholarly
and administrative responsibilities set forth in the Handbook and the Bylaws including,
without limitation, classroom teaching and preparation thereof, consultation and interchange
with students and colleagues, scholarly research for publication or professional enrichment
and service to PCOM, including committee and administrative assignments.
Subject to the approvals of the SVPAA and President and consent of the Board, the
Faculty shall have the primary responsibility for recommendations regarding such fundamental
academic matters as admission standards, curriculum content and implementation, standards
for grading, research and those aspects of student life which relate to the educational
The SVPAA with the recommendation of the Faculty, approval of the President and the
Board, and in accordance with accreditation guidelines, shall set the requirements
for the graduate programs and determine if the requirements have been met. Faculty
Members may be requested to certify attendance, participation and competency of individuals
enrolled in post-doctoral training programs. In addition, the Faculty shares a major
responsibility for matters relating to Faculty status such as Faculty appointment,
promotion, tenure review, grievances and other matters related to the attainment and
maintenance of professional competence and excellence.
Article II: Faculty Classification, Rank and Appointment
Section 1. Classification of Faculty Appointments.
(a) Whole Time. Whole Time (Full Time) Faculty Members devote all of their professional
time and efforts to the responsibilities of their appointment, shall receive salaried
compensation and shall be entitled to receive full fringe benefits which shall be
equitable for all Whole Time Faculty as provided in the applicable benefits publications.
(b) T&A (Teaching & Administration). Part Time Faculty Members shall perform specific
administrative, teaching or research duties and may receive compensation for these
activities from PCOM.
(c) Volunteer. Professionals of affiliated hospitals and others who volunteer their
administrative, clinical, teaching or research activities to augment the educational
programs of PCOM shall be designated Volunteer Faculty.
Section 2. Appointment Letters.
Appointment letters shall specify the Faculty Member’s classification and rank.
Section 3. Academic Rank.
At the time of appointment, the initial Faculty rank established shall depend on the satisfaction
of the following qualifications: Appointments shall be made, under the procedures
set forth in Section 5 of this Article, to the following academic ranks: Professor,
Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, Instructor and Clinical/Adjunct Faculty.
Professor, Associate Professor and Assistant Professor are tenure track appointments.
Instructor and Clinical/Adjunct Faculty are not tenure track appointments. Academic
rank as set forth herein is subject to and limited by those restrictions set forth
in Section 4 of this Article.
(a) Qualifications. Each Faculty Member shall meet the following qualifications for
the ranks indicated:
(1) Professional Education and Specialty Certification for Professorial Ranks: Each
Professor, Associate Professor and Assistant Professor shall possess an earned doctorate
or an equivalent degree. Each Professor and Associate Professor shall be Board Certified
where applicable. Each Assistant Professor shall be either Board Certified or Board
Eligible where applicable. Each person holding professional rank shall be an active
member of his/her specialty college, where applicable.
(2) Professional Education for Instructors: In certain cases, a candidate with a recently
conferred doctoral or equivalent degree shall be appointed to the rank of Instructor.
In other cases, one who possesses a Bachelor or Masters degree in an area of special
expertise, has three (3) or more years of experience in his/her field, and demonstrates
unusual ability or skill in teaching, may qualify for appointment as an Instructor.
An Instructor without a doctoral degree is not eligible for promotion to Assistant
(3) Clinical/Adjunct Faculty are those professionals in the Clinical and Basic Sciences
from affiliated hospitals and other institutions who support and participate in the
educational programs of the College. Individuals in this category shall be designated
as Lecturer or designated clinical rank in the Department in which they hold their
appointment. These individuals are encouraged to expand their professional participation
at the hospitals affiliated with PCOM so that they become eligible for professional
rank as provided herein.
(4) Professional Affiliations for all Faculty Members: Each Faculty Member shall maintain
membership in appropriate professional organizations. (5) Ethical Standards for all
Faculty Members: Each Faculty Member shall maintain high standards of ethical behavior
and professional integrity to include, without limitation, compliance with the AOA
Code of Ethics (see last page of this document) and the AAUP Statement on Professional
Section 4. Categories of Rank Restriction.
Each Faculty Member shall be considered to be in one of the following categories:
(a) Research. Faculty Members whose rank is preceded by the term Research are those
individuals whose primary responsibility is to conduct research. Research Faculty
may present an occasional formal lecture and/or seminar. Research Faculty are not
eligible for tenure.
(b) Emeritus. The term Emeritus may be prefixed to the academic title of Faculty Members
who have completed a long period of distinguished service to PCOM and who are recommended
for this title by the appropriate Departmental Chairperson to the APT Committee and
subject to approval by the SVPAA in consultation with the Program Dean, the President
of PCOM Board and the PCOM Board. Emeritus Faculty are not eligible for tenure.
(c) Visiting. The term Visiting may be prefixed to the academic title of those Faculty
Members who hold a faculty appointment at another institution and who are temporarily
teaching or conducting research at PCOM. Visiting Faculty are not eligible for tenure.
(d) The term “clinical” may be prefixed to the academic rank of adjunct faculty at
the recommendation of the Department Chair and/or Program Dean and or SVPAA and with
the recommendation of the APT Committee. This rank would be utilized for volunteer
adjunct faculty who participate in the clinical education of PCOM students. Adjunct
Faculty is a restricted rank. Adjunct appointments are not eligible for tenure.
(e) Unrestricted Rank. Faculty Members of unrestricted rank are those whose primary
responsibility is concerned with the academic programs of PCOM. Their duties may include
teaching, research or other scholarly work, institutional service and administration
of academic programs. Whole Time Faculty with unrestricted rank of Professor or Associate
Professor shall be eligible for tenure. T&A Faculty with unrestricted rank are not
eligible for tenure.